Piers Morgan has called for Matt Hancock to be fired after he was filmed locked in a passionate embrace with his aide Gina Coladangelo despite being married.
The Health Secretary has been branded ‘outrageous and pathetic’ by the former Good Morning Britain star.
Piers recalled Professor Neil Ferguson resigning from his government duties, tweeting: ‘Remember: @MattHancock was so disgusted about Neil Ferguson breaking social distancing rules with a lover, that he demanded he resign and said he’d back a police prosecution.
‘Hancock’s stinking brazen hypocrisy is outrageous & pathetic, as is @BorisJohnson’s refusal to sack him.’
In CCTV footage obtained by The Sun, Mr Hancock, who has been married to his wife Martha for 15 years, was seen kissing Ms Coladangelo in his office.
He has since apologised for breaking social distancing rules.
His statement said: ‘I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances.
‘I have let people down and am very sorry. I remain focused on working to get the country out of this pandemic, and would be grateful for privacy for my family on this personal matter.’
Downing Street said the Prime Minister has accepted Mr Hancock’s apology and ‘considers the matter closed’.
Professor Ferguson resigned as a government adviser last year after The Telegraph reported that a woman he was said to be in a relationship with visited his home in lockdown.
At the time, Mr Hancock said that his behaviour was ‘extraordinary’ and that he ‘took the right decision to resign.’
He told Sky News that it was ‘just not possible’ for Professor Ferguson to continue advising the government.
Mr Hancock said the social distancing rules ‘are there for everyone’ and are ‘deadly serious’.
In a statement, Professor Ferguson said: ‘I accept I made an error of judgement and took the wrong course of action.
‘I have therefore stepped back from my involvement in Sage (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies).
‘I acted in the belief that I was immune, having tested positive for coronavirus and completely isolated myself for almost two weeks after developing symptoms.
‘I deeply regret any undermining of the clear messages around the continued need for social distancing.’Credit: Original article published here.